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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/11/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 11, 2011 - James Madison (5-5) won its third straight dual match 5-2 win against Penn (5-8) on Friday afternoon on the campus of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) went 2-0 on the day to help the Dukes improve to .500 on the season. She improved to 18-1 in singles and 10-4 in doubles play during her rookie campaign.

The Quakers jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after rallying to claim the doubles point. JMU took advantage early at No. 3 doubles with a comfortable 8-3 win by Palmucci and freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) against Jules Rodin and Lauren Bridges.

Penn evened the score when Alexa Ely and Daniela DePaoli defeated junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Jordan) and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) 8-6 at No. 1.

Stephanie Do and Emma Whitfield gave the Quakers the doubles point when they took an 8-6 win over sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and junior Leah DeMasters (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) at No. 2.

The Dukes won five of six singles matches, all in straight sets to pick up the victory.

Palmucci cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over DePaoli at No. 3 to tie the match at 1-1, and Bulling gave JMU the lead for good with a 6-3, 6-1 decision against Rodin at No. 5. Nguyen followed with a win at No. 2 against Do, 6-1, 6-1, to give the Dukes a 3-1 advantage.

Sophomore Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) won the decisive fourth point for JMU with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 4 versus Whitfield. Pate rounded out the Dukes' scoring with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ely at No. 1 that gave them a 5-1 lead.

Bridges concluded the dual match with a close 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 win over Andriescu at No. 6.

JMU returns to action March 15 with its first home dual match of the spring against Howard. That match is set for a 2:30 p.m. start at Hillside Courts on campus.

James Madison 5, Penn 2
Doubles (Order: 3, 1, 2)
1. Ely/DePaoli (Penn) def. Pate/Nguyen (JMU) 8-6
2. Do/Whitfield (Penn) def. Bulling/Leah DeMasters (JMU) 8-6
3. Palmucci/Andriescu (JMU) def. Rodin/Bridges (Penn) 8-3
Singles (Order: 3, 5, 2, 4, 1, 6)
1. Kinsey Pate (JMU) def. Alexa Ely (Penn) 6-2, 7-5
2. Michelle Nguyen (JMU) def.  Stephanie Do (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
3. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) def.  Daniela DePaoli (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
4. Megan Douglass (JMU) def. Emma Whitfield (Penn) 6-4, 6-4
5. Katherine Bulling (JMU) def. Jules Rodin (Penn) 6-3, 6-1
6. Lauren Bridges (Penn) def. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) 7-5, 4-6, 10-6

JMU (5-5), Penn (5-8)
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